Pun pun is open for visitors and volunteers again!
Day visitors are welcome between 9am and 5pm. There are times we have people available to give tours and for these we ask 250 baht. It’s best if these are set up beforehand by getting in touch with us. Please understand we don’t always have people available to give you a tour or guide you around but we do have maps available in our coffeeshop you can use for self-guided tours. If you have specific questions or would like to set up a time to have someone from the community available we ask you call us in advance at 081.470.1461 to set it up. If you would like to stay for a meal, we ask you set it up in advance and we request a contribution of 200 baht/person.
See this page for transportation details. If you’re coming for a day visit you will need to take the last option on this page for transport which includes the motorcycle taxi and ask the taxi to wait for you and bring you back to the road or set up a time for a pick-up again as the only public truck leaves the village only once a day in the early morning.
At Pun Pun we offer accommodation for participants and volunteers. We ask a 2-week commitment from volunteers and a small fee. If you’re not able to commit to that much time but want to come and check out the project and area for a shorter visit, we recommend staying in the homestay in our village called Earth Home (www.earthhomethailand.com). Run by a woman from the village who converted her orchard to an organic farm with earthen buildings and a very pleasant, comfortable homestay, they provide private rooms and dorm spaces along with meals and a cafe. It’s a short 5-minute walk from Pun Pun and you can come up the hill to visit us during the day.
We also have a coffee shop here with great coffee, fruit shakes, snacks and homemade products for sale.
Our farm has thrived thanks to the contribution of the many volunteers from all over the world who have come to the farm. We enjoy the energy that each of our volunteers bring to our community as well as the unique skills that each of them can contribute to our community.
We take volunteers for a minimum of 2 weeks and as long as 2 months. The volunteer experience is a chance to see what it’s like to live on the farm and in community. Every day we have a community member who will lead you to helping to do various jobs around the farm during your stay; from about 9-12 in the morning, and then 3-5:30 in the afternoon. This way you can learn hands-on about organic farming practices. Most of the year work will be weeding, planting, transplanting, maintaining garden beds, preparing new garden beds, harvesting food for the kitchen, seed saving, and other jobs on the farm. We also ask volunteers to sign up on the kitchen roster for helping with meals. This is usually a couple of times/week. As we get to know your interests and talents, we can accommodate different projects as well. We will provide simple accommodations, communal meals and direction.
Living as a volunteer with us includes you in the daily activities of our 20 community members as we share meals together and share the work on the farm as well. We have small children at the farm as well who are intricately involved in what we’re doing. If you have an interest in being with children, we welcome you to also spend some of your time with them as well. Depending on the time of your volunteer session, there also may be additional groups who come for day-trip learning experiences or longer. These groups are usually between 10-30 people and share meals and space with the rest of the community.
We ask for a small fee to cover the costs of food and accommodation. Some people have queried why we charge people who come and volunteer their time and effort to work at Pun Pun. Pun Pun is a not for profit farm, and it is also a learning center. Each year, we struggle to cover the costs of running our center. All the long-term community members at Pun Pun receive exactly the same minimal monthly income. We choose to open our community to volunteers for their help and also so we can share our experience of low-cost sustainable community living.
We put a lot of effort into hosting our volunteers and teaching them how things work on the farm. We also find that volunteers get a lot out of working with us and come away having learned a lot. We do occasionally provide free places to people from the Global South. We prioritize those who come from a background where global or even regional travel is extremely difficult. World travel is a choice of a privileged few. We could not offer anyone a free place, without the support of those who are able to pay.
Our pricing changes if you stay longer because the longer you stay as a longer-term volunteer, the more you start to know how things run and how to take on different roles and responsibilities on the farm.
500/day for up to 2 weeks
450/day for days between 2-3 weeks
400/day for days between 3-4 weeks
300/day for days beyond one month
We understand that some people are interested in staying longer but we ask for a 2-month trial period to see how it works for all of us. Then we could consider an optional extension.
part-time Volunteering Positions:
Understanding that many people would love to have this kind of experience but also may need to do other work, we are just opening up the option of half-day working volunteer positions. For this option, we would ask part-time volunteers work a half-day along with the other volunteers and community and also still sign up for cooking each week. We have wifi in the coffeeshop at the farm in which people can use if they need internet but it is also a public place so know that other people come in and out.
Pricing for part-time volunteer positions:
650/day for days between 2-3 weeks
600/day for days between 3-4 weeks
500/day for days beyond one month
If you are staying for less than a month, we ask you confirm your dates and we will hold you a spot. If you are staying for a month or more we ask you send us a non-refundable payment to hold your spot. This payment will go towards the payment of your stay and hold your spot.
Please consider the following criteria to ensure that you enjoy your stay with us at Pun Pun.
- A keen interest in seed saving and gardening.
- Independence, flexibility and eagerness to learn.
- Happy to live in community and can easily communicate, work, and live with others from diverse backgrounds.
- Enjoy learning by doing and experiencing different ways of doing things.
If you want to apply to volunteer with us please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and please make sure to include the dates you hope to come and stay with us.
If you are looking to bring a group to the farm to learn or host something here, click here for more info.